Arrest made after human remains found in East Feliciana Parish

EAST FELICIANA — The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in connection to human remains found in June 2023.

Kenneth D. Muse, 28, of Baton Rouge, was arrested Aug. 15 in connection to the disappearance of the man whose remains were found.

It was June 30, 2023, when East Feliciana Parish deputies responded to a call for possible human bones found on River Road.

“The remains are those of Devante Dangelo Petties, 27, of Baton Rouge. Mr. Petties was reported missing in April of this year; however, he was last seen by the reporting person in the summer of 2022,” said East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis.

The East Feliciana Parish Coroner and LSU FACES Lab positively identified the remains. The identification was made through dental records.

After deputies responded to the scene, they confirmed the remains were in fact human bones. 

“Because of the condition of the remains, we contacted the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory to assist our detectives in processing the scene,” said East Feliciana Parish officials in a news release.

It was in early August when deputies had enough probable cause to arrest Muse and were able to get an arrest warrant. During EFSO’s investigation, they were through a forensic examination of the human remains, medical records, witness statements, bank and telephone records.

“The investigation revealed that Petties suffered from a history of drug abuse. He was treated for a drug overdose the day before his disappearance. Muse, a known associate of Petties’, was present during that event. Muse has a family nexus with the property where Petteis’ body was found. Considering all the information collected it is the investigators’ belief Petties likely succumbed to a drug overdose and his body was then disposed of by Muse,” said EFSO officials in a news release.

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